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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Sunday, February 23, 2003Local/State Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222 Dispatch- ►Bus accident CANYON LAKE—A Comal Independent School District bus was involved in an accident Friday morning on Farm-to-Market Road 2673. The bus driver and two Spring Branch Middle School students escaped injury in the accident, although the driver of a pick-up that collided with the bus was taken to University Hospital. His condition was not known. CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said the accident occurred at 7 a.m. at Tbm Creek Road when the driver of the bus saw a white Dodge pick-up approaching in his lane — head-on. The driver took his bus to the side of the road trying to avoid a head-on collision," Hutchison said. The bus was struck or^ the driver’s side, Hutchison said. "I want to commend the school bus driver. He did an outstanding job of avoiding a head-on collision and keeping both children on the bus safe," Hutchison said. The two children were picked up at the scene by their parents and taken to school, Hutchison said. The bus will need to be repaired. ►Vehicle burglary Someone broke into a pick-up truck parked on Holly Street Thursday afternoon and stole a stereo system worth $350, according to a police report. The incident occurred in the 900 block between 3 and 4:15 p.m., police reported. The missing stereo system is a Pioneer am-fm receiver with a compact disc player. No sign of forced entry was noted, according to police. Meetings NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, cxxincil chambers, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m., Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza. ALAMO AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS — public hearing on rural public transportation service, 10 a.m., March 3, AACOG headquarters, 8700 Tesoro Dnve, San Antonio. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regt'l?' meeting, 8:15 a.m., March 6, commissioners’ courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza. Parent Organizations Community Organizations Clubs • Events Meetings • Sports Stories • Great Deals CATCH IT ALL EACH MORNING! Coll 625-9144 to subscribe today! Mb* HHALNbbl S I Ikrai i>-Zkitung Library program targets Spanish-speakers By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer The New Braunfels Public Library and the Comal Independent School District will hest a series of programs designed to encourage local Spanish speakers to take advantage of library sendees. Noche de Libros begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the library, 700 E. Common St. Alicia Parra, instructional New Braunfels High School students participated in the Model U.N. conference at Oklahoma University. coordinator in the division of instruction at CISD, will present a presentation on basic library use. Topics will include: how to obtain a library card, new fee rates, circulation policies and how to encourage children to use the library’. The library’ has been hosting bilingual story time for several years. Alix Samuels, library staff member, said local teachers recognized there was a need for more Spanish-based public education about library services, especially for parents. The library presented the first Noche de Libros in September, which enjoyed strong community response, Samuels said. This time the library’ has extended the programming Photo submitted Students tackle world issues at Model UN By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Students from New Braunfels High School solved the world’s problems recently. WeU, not reaUv. But they did win first place in the small schools category’ in the Southwest Regional Model U.N. conference at Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. Tm reaUy proud of the kids for winning,” NBHS teacher and sponsor Rick House said. They competed against middle, high school and college students.” The students typed resolutions, tned to get them passed, tried to persuade others to vote for them and managed crises from Finding food for Somalia to funding the fight against AIDS in Africa. And they tried to remain country-specific. "The main goal at the conference is to stay within the goals of their country — they have to drop being .American and start thinking like they are from a foreign nation,” House said. Co-Sponsor Can Gray of the NBHS Social Studies Department said the student delegation gets an advance assessment of the country they have to represent. They research the background of the country they represent, travel to the competition, and split up into various U.N-type councils and address real global issues by debating. Then they voted on prepared resolutions. Students, Gray said, were judged on their diplomatic skills; how well they knew their country and its issues; how true they stayed to their real-life country’s viewpoint; how well they’ formed alliances with other countries; how convincing their arguments wert*; how well they solved crises; and if they stayed true to the U.N.’s goal of peacekeeping. Ashley McCaw said the conference was "really intense." The students were up at 6:30 a.m. and worked far into the night. "We debased resolutions, tried to get resolutions passed and had to issue press releases. It was really was like the U.N.," MeCaw said. McCaw, Mariana Krueger, Joy Acevedo, Lyda Sealey and Randy Shelton — the delegation representing Columbia — won third place in ‘‘Best Response to a Crisis.” “I was proud of that,” Shelton said. "There were a lot of stressful times. We just worked and worked — but WEDNESDAY NIGH I FORUM Sponsored by the Comal County UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS THIS WEEK S SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. George M. Ricker United Methodist Church (ret) and author of: WHAT YOU DON T HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN “Profound truths are often hidden behind symbolic language In the Christian Gospels " WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 7:30pm Faith United Church of Christ, Loop 337 at Common St. All are welcome. Questions? Call Jan at 625-7004 through March. On the first four Monday evenings in March from 7 to 7:30, the library will host concurrent programs in Spanish for adults and children. In the Children’s Room, Sally Zamora will present Bilingual Story Time. A representative from New Braunfels Utilities will advise adults March 3 how to save money on utilities. Marie Houser, from the Community Council of South Central Texas, will present ho w to maintain health during an energy crisis March IO. Rosie Hunter will make a presentation on growing vegetables and will distribute sample vegetable seeds March 17. And the AARP will give tax assistance March 24. Local lawmakers throw support behind state insurance reform bill you’ve got to realize its the model United Nations, not the real thing. But, you’ve also got to realize you’re working to represent your own country and to better the world. And I think it was a lot fun. And it was a good learning experience.” One of Shelton’s committee members, Mariana Krueger, a freshman, got an award for being the “Outstanding Delegate” from the Special Political Committee. "The award was for my debating skills and talking about resolutions, asking questions, presenting resolutions and helping in Security Council,” Krueger said. Rachel Mis was in charge of putting press releases together for her delegation. She put four together and typed other people’s resolutions, including one that went into the Security Council. “It was a lot of running around," Mis said. By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Local lawmakers are supporting Senate Bill 310, the insurance reform measure that has passed both the House and the Senate. The bill makes insurers writing residential property insurance tell the 78th Legislature, before it ends in June, whether or not rates are just, adequate, reasonable, excessive or unfairly discriminatory. It was filed because 95 percent of homeowner insurance premiums were written by insurers that aren’t rate-regulated and who weren’t required to File rate information with the state Commissioner of Insurance. The bill is on the governor’s desk. “This was the First step of the house dealing with insurance reform,” said state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels. Casteel, who said Gov. Rick Perry would sign the bill Monday, said it was a data-collection bill. “It assists us in getting information that is important — for us to write a bill in assisting the people of this state to get fair and equitable insurance rates,” Casteel said. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said that the bill was not a quick Fix to the homeowners insurance crisis, but the bill was a first step toward ensuring insurance rates for homeowners will be as low as they can be without compromising quality. ORECK [factory showrooms AUH ” I A HURRY. Limited Time! 3 for $299 HOW get I Famous ORECK XL* Upright • Super Compact Caniste • Cordless Speed Iron1 Sib. SUPER COMPACT CANISTER $169 Vain#-FREE! * 8 Attachments Weighs Sibs TIM! S U. 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AARP Driver's Safety Program    , Arboretum of New Braunfels Advanced Health System Alpha Omega In-Home Counseling Services American Cancer Society American Red Cross CHAMPS Medical Equipment Comal County Senior Citizen's Center Comal County Women's Center Colonial Manor CTMC Home Health & Hospice Deer Creek Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Guadalupe Valley Communications Gentiva Health System Home Instead Senior Care McKenna Care McKenna Sports & Fitness New Braunfels Police Department NIX Behavioral Health Professional Medical Safe At Home (SWTSU) Sammons Preston Rolyan Scooter Store Supports Without Limits Please join us May 8 for our 2nd program: "Medicare, Medicaid, & Supplemental Insurance" Eden Homey Inc. and Giovani’s PRESENT THE FIRST ANNUAL •BCactrie Gafa To Benefit the ‘Eden Monte ‘Benevolence fund February 28, 2003 6:00 PM. to 12:00 midnight New Braunfels Civic Center Big Band Music by: The Moonlight Express PL VMEYER PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOS Silent Auction to include: • I days/ 6 nights cruise to 4 ports of call in the caribbean • 4 days/J nights to Angel Fire, New Mexico • J days/ 2 nights to Rockport • J day if 2 nights to North Padre Island • 2 night stay at The Other Place, New Braunfels • I night stay at Kuehler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast, In New Braunfels • as well as other great items! Tickets on sale at 'Eden (Home, Chamber of Commerce office and China 'n* ‘Things ;